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Copyright: Johan Swanepoel (duckpond) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 89 W: 29 N: 73] (323)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-11-12
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 350D / Digital Rebel XT, Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Baby Animals 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-11-16 15:47
Viewed: 5498
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is another of the little big cats we got to play with on the weekend. What a pleasure and amazing experience.

These little fellows have a white "punk" hair style on top of their head, neck and backs. Aparently this is so that they can lie undetected in the grass.

This little guy was 7 weeks old at the time of the shot and they loved the attention.

More info on Cheetahs at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheetah

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Shot details:
Exposure Time: 1/200 sec
F-Stop: f/5.6
ISO Speed Ratings: 100
Focal Length: 160/1 mm
Date Taken: 2005-11-12 10:52

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I am so jealous you got so close to the sweet little kitty! Great portrait, well done!


Hi Johan, this is a nice potrait.
The expression of the kitty is very cute.
Thanks for sharing.

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2005-11-16 23:13]

Hi Johan !

Another tight cropping, but here I must admit it doesn't boder me too much. Somehow, we are attracted by its cute little face and the missing corner of its left ear is not so obvious. Focus is good, exposure is excellent and the soft lighting is beautiful.
Nice picture and TFS.

Excellent detail and exposure, well taken.


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-11-16 23:33]

Wow Johan you've got a little sweetie here. And look at those teeth! Well done.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-11-17 1:54]

What a precious portrait, Johan. What a thrill it must have been to actually have an opportunity to interact with these magnificent animals. Great POV and close-up. Well done and TFS. : )

Nice shot.

A pitty the ear is gone. I did a workshop on this.

TFS :)

Very cute 'cat' you have there. DOF and POV just fit my taste.

Hi Johan

Just a quick critique tonight as it is very late. Really good shot. Well composed. Nice POV with good detail and sharpness. Nice work. Thanks.

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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2005-11-17 7:33]

Hey John,
great DOF, I like the way you've left nothing to the background.

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  • ridfa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 89 W: 0 N: 376] (4111)
  • [2005-11-18 13:28]

Superbe portrait.


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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-12-17 22:40]

Personal assessment of the photo: very good. Great composition.
Strong "cute" factor.
Capacity of evocation in me: strong.
Very strong visual impact.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much Johan. A great post!

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  • agea0 Silver Star Critiquer [C: 12 W: 0 N: 0] (86)
  • [2006-01-31 16:29]

very pretty photo:)

Great capture, nice detail, too bad your crop is so tight...your cropped the ears! I have a soft spot for cheetahs, one of these days I will make it to your area to see them in the wild.

Hello Johan,
Beautiful kitty.
Portrait is well done.

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